Exploring Metaphorical Spaces for Active Learning

Dale, V. , Lindsay, R., Watson, D. and Varga-Atkins, T. (2023) Exploring Metaphorical Spaces for Active Learning. ALN Global Festival of Active Learning 2023, 24-28 Apr 2023. (Unpublished)

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Teachers, frustrated with the static nature of their classrooms, have turned to metaphors for learning spaces (e.g., Hews, 2013). Archetypal learning spaces identified by Thornburg (2013) include the campfire (storytelling), watering hole (social learning), cave (independent reflection), and life (application). Thornburg’s holodeck represents immersive learning experiences using technology. ‘Islands of innovation’ is an annual professional development event, originating at the Centre for Innovation in Education, University of Liverpool (Reis et al., 2023). Inspired by the Centre’s Treasure Island Pedagogies podcast series, the first iteration of this online event in 2022 used the metaphor of treasure islands in SpatialChat. This year, the focus will be on intergalactic islands, with participants undertaking space missions. This session will introduce participants to metaphoric learning spaces and provide a ‘taster’ for this year’s event. Participants will be encouraged to suggest metaphors as learning spaces and consider – through exploration (using SpatialChat) – how these might actively engage learners.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Additional Information:Workshop delivered as part of the global festival organised by the Active Learning Network.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dale, Dr Vicki
Authors: Dale, V., Lindsay, R., Watson, D., and Varga-Atkins, T.
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
College/School:University Services > Student and Academic Services > Academic Services
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2023 The Authors
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